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ELECTRIC FRANKENSTEIN/EL NADA:
split: CD
A good split. First off, we have Electric Frankenstein. They have been around for many years, released a ton of records, and they continue to play good, low-down rock’n’roll, or garage, if you want to call it that. If you like them you will want to get this CD. Next up is El Nada. If I’m not mistaken this band has the same Dave Chavez who was in Sick Pleasure, Verbal Abuse, and many other bands. The dude still skates and plays hardcore after all this time, and hardcore is what El Nada is all about. Fast, old school style and guaranteed to make you love ‘em. Each band on this split does three originals and then does a cover of the other band’s song. Now go out and get this CD. –Mike Beer –Guest Contributor (Finger)


DOOM BUGGY:
Versus the Beast: CD
I get the eerie chills of listening to the Suburban Lawns, X-Ray Spex and Lene Lovich, but all at the same time. When I’m ready to shoot something down, a band puts me in my place. –Donofthedead (Noise Maker)


DOGS, THE:
Suburban Nightmare: CD
Everyone’s favorite LA-by-way-of-Detroit proto-punk band resurfaces with some top-notch rock’n’roll. It’s rare when a band manages to release an album of new material that can stand up to their “essential” efforts of the past, and this is such a case. The songs are strong, the band sounds like it hasn’t aged a day, and the whole thing manages not to sound dated in the least. Crank it up and prove to your mom that people her age can, indeed, bring the rock. –Jimmy Alvarado (Dionysus)


D.O.A.:
25TH Anniversary Anthology: CD
This starts with “Disco Sucks,” from 1978, a cool, raw punk song that shows DOA as a band full of talent. Next you have songs from the two great DOA albums, Something Better Change and Hardcore 81, followed by War on 45, in which DOA – sometimes known as the Canadian Clash – prove that they’re absolutely NOT the Clash and should never try reggae again and never, ever, ever cover “War” again. Good god, y’all. “Fuck You” comes in as a testament to the old days of DOA’s greatness (though it is, of course, a Subhumans [Canada] song), before they mired themselves in metal and pretty much stayed there from 1982 on. In short, this anthology is just like DOA’s music career: fucking awesome at the beginning, and let’s just ignore the rest. –Sean Carswell (Sudden Death)


DIVORCE:
self-titled: 7” EP
Tumbling-a-piano-down-the-stairs type thrash/grind stuff. Your parents will love it every time you put it on at family gatherings. –Jimmy Alvarado (Tsunami)


DISTRACTION, THE/ THE HATEPINKS:
split: 7"
Distraction: Jangly guitars, keyboards and tone-deaf vocals. Hatepinks: a former Gasolhead, distorted guitars, and a Swell Maps cover. Hatepinks win by a landslide. –Jimmy Alvarado (Lollipop)


DIRTBOMBS, THE:
Dangerous Magical Noise: CD
The Dirtbombs probably should’ve stuck to covering other people’s songs. This doesn’t suck, but it’s not anywhere near as good as Ultraglide in Black, which in turn wasn’t nearly as good as the Gories. It’s a pretty spotty listen, and like almost every supergroup, it seems like a big inside joke. It might’ve made a good seven inch. –Josh (In the Red)


DIPLOMATS OF SOLID SOUND, THE:
Let’s Cool One: CD
Easy listening for those with taste, class, and a sense of sophistication all your own. The Hammond buzzes a warm and mellow groove while the band liberally douses with handclaps and genuine instruments jangling into a perfected state of blues-ed out bliss along with some frantic barnshakers. I endorse it and fully live it! –Namella J. Kim (Estrus)


DIPERS, THE:
How to Plan Successful Parties: CD
Very arty, but noisy, which I guess means it had some redeeming qualities, but I’d be hard pressed to think of any others. –Jimmy Alvarado (Omnibus)


DILLINGER FOUR:
Live at 7th St. Entry: CD
Drunk, out of tune, and funny as all hell, this is just like a real Dillinger Four show! If you’ve ever seen these guys, you know what to expect: two minutes of music followed by five minutes of jokes. This is worth having around for the between song banter, but it mostly just underscores the fact that these guys need to go on tour again. If you don’t even know who they are, do yourself a favor and get all of their studio albums first. –Josh (LSD)


DEXTER DANGER:
Written In Blood: CD-EP
A bargain bin Tiger Beat punk band with loud guitars, agonizingly ineffectual vocals and zero songwriting talent. When they see there’s no money to be made in punk and promptly fuck off to the next big trend, I will personally breathe a sigh of relief. –Jimmy Alvarado (Orange Peal)


DESTROYED, THE:
Outta Control: CD
This is, apparently, a sequel to an earlier CD released by the drummer, which, presumably for benefit of family, friends, the guys down at work and maybe two or three other people, collected what i assume to be his life’s entire recorded output on one handy compact disc; said output consisting primarily of work in the late ‘70s with the Boston punk band The Destroyed, plus two mysterious collaborations with fancy-pants guitar player Henry Kaiser (?!). And, because YOU demanded it, this follow-up features six recently-recorded tracks of the drummer drumming and the singer singing and playing guitar on midtempo punk tunes about death via bludgeon and the electric chair, plus the guitar-playing singer’s original demo version of one of said compositions, plus two more Jeff Beck (i think?) styled guitar wig-outs with Henry Kaiser, plus ten Destroyed tracks ca. 1977-79 taken from old cassettes. I think i speak for all us guys here at the shop when i say that we’re all proud as punch of you, and are certain you’ve got a great future ahead of you in The Biz! BEST SONG: “We Got It,” but pretty much all that old Destroyed stuff is kinda great simply because the singer’s rampant and shameless Iggyisms are so Ig-tastically over the top that they make Rik L Rik’s contemporaneous Iggishness seem positively Bowie-esque by comparison. BEST SONG TITLE: For pure sleekness, i enjoy “Let’s Go Electric,” but the sentimental favorite is “Don’t Worry, That Train Ain’t Gonna Hit You” FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: Though the band is Boston-based, the Lemmy-lookin’ drummer sports a White Sox – not a Red Sox – cap. NINE-teen-SEVEN-teen! (clap! clap! clap-clap-clap!) NINE-teen-SEVEN-teen! (clap! clap! clap-clap-clap!) –Rev. Norb (Bert Switzer Media Empire, Ltd.)


DENUNZIO:
The Three Point Stance: CD
As I lay on my couch listening to this through headphones, I found myself trying to come up with a single decent punk band Denver has produced. Including DeNunzio, I couldn’t come up with a single one. –Jimmy Alvarado (Hej Music)


DEADLY WEAPONS:
self-titled: 7"
A new outfit featuring Tina from the Trashwomen handling vocal duties. Included here are two doses of the high-energy punk that Rapid Pulse bands are known for delivering, and a cover of GG Allin’s “Don’t Talk to Me.” “You Wreck Me” could easily have been a hardcore punk favorite had it been released back in the early ‘80s. Good stuff here. –Jimmy Alvarado (Rapid Pulse)


DEAD HEROES:
Let it Ride: CD
By looking at the front cover artwork you would expect either a rockabilly band or something else other than what comes out of the speakers. Flip over to the back and you get a picture of three guys wearing their leathers and possible favorite bands. Let’s see if they can pull this one off. The band is competent here. A mix of Motorhead meets GBH mixed with modern day UK in the likes of Sick on the Bus. The music here is what sells it for me. They make a conscious effort to pay tribute to the UK bands before them. They are not a copy cat band by any means. They add their own personality to the mix. But you can here where they are getting their basis from. Bad cover, good music. –Donofthedead (Sin Klub)


DEAD ENDS:
Subhumanoid Meltdown: CD
Decent enough dual guitar rock/punk that would’ve been outstanding if they’d only ditch the Misfits-isms. Look, I can totally understand influences, but wallowing in hackneyed Danzig-posturing only illustrates a lack of creativity, and one need look no further than Danzig himself for proof of this. In short, fuck the Misfits, man, what do YOU have to say for yourself? –Jimmy Alvarado (Rabbit, address listed was complete gibberish)


CURSES, THE:
#&$%: CD
Rip Off punk rock strong on hooks and attitude but lacking in originality and oomph. If this had been a single with “Son of Sam” and “(Baby’s Got A) New Guitar,” I would’ve peed my pants. As it stands with this full-length in hand, I can only seem to muster a “they aren’t all that bad.” –Jimmy Alvarado (Empty)


COUNTRY TEASERS:
Full Moon Empty Sportsbag: CD
There does not exist one single bad Country Teasers track. Though he may be construed as a racist, sexist, homophobic, off-key hater, I construe primary Teaser Ben Wallers as one thing above all else: a genius, capable of high comedy and devastating sadness IN THE SAME SONG. Arrangements are often ramshackle, tumbling over themselves from lack of rehearsal (or concern for what’s “right”), lyrics often self-referential, puerile and/or plain silly, but who (you?) can deny the plain fucking inspiration of a line like “it’s very cold outside but you have a warm vagina/may I overnight leave my penis inside ya?” That’s the comedy. How about some sad: “Don’t cry for Crichton [a former Teaser], his suffering is over/cry for Dominique and his unfortunate mother/cry for Nicola, of whom he was her brother,” from “Deaths.” I mean, emosize all you want about kisses and the end of summer, but this is real shit about real dead friends. This is the real emo, the real DIY (see “Boycott the Studio”), the real essence of punk (despite lack of pretty much everything that hallmarks punk musically), the actual synthesis of all that’s right and all that’s wrong about the world onto a 25-cent piece of fucking plastic. Now “get off my fucking planet and take Alex Stuart with.” –Cuss Baxter (In The Red)


CONNER:
The White Cube: CD
College rock gruel with speech impediment/fake British accent vocals. Stylized artsy Johnny Thunders-wannabe dung. I would rather change diapers at a senior citizen’s home than listen to this again. –Aphid Peewit –Guest Contributor (Underground Sounds)


CONDEMNED 84:
No Way In: 7"
Two tracks recorded in 1986 by this old skinhead unit. Both are pretty much true to the style and sentiment that made ‘em famous. I was always a bit pick-and-choose with these guys, but hardcore fans should no doubt be pleased as punch with both tracks. –Jimmy Alvarado (Haunted Town)


CIVET:
self-titled: CD
What seems to be an all-girl hardcore band adds just a smidge of glam to the proceedings and the whole thing just dissolves into shit. –Jimmy Alvarado (Callgirl)


CHRISTIANSEN:
Stylish Nihilists: CD
A miserable mix of hardcore intensity, arty emo pretentiousness and ELO-styled arena rock. More succinctly, this bites some mighty big weenie. Look for ‘em to make a splash on Letterman any day now. –Jimmy Alvarado (Revelation)


CHRIS BELLEAU AND THE ZYDECO HOUNDS:
Repeat Offender: CD
The band’s name is not some clever moniker coined by a grindcore band looking for a cheap laugh; these guys actually do play zydeco-influenced rock music. One of the stranger things I’ve pulled from the Razorcake “mystery meat” piles, not because of the musical style these guys mine but because one can’t help but wonder what a zydeco-influenced rock band was thinking when they sent their release to a predominantly punk-oriented periodical. –Jimmy Alvarado (www.zydecohouds.com) www.zydecohouds.com) www.zydecohouds.com)


CHOKING AHOGO:
Radars and Maps: CD
A college pop rock band that are competent at what they do, yet fail to do anything for these ears. –Jimmy Alvarado (www.victimrecords.com)


CHICKENHEAD/LOS CANADIANS:
Mutiny in Miami: CD
Raw, sloppy DIY punk rock from two Florida bands that were around in the early ‘90s. If you like raw, sloppy DIY, you need this worse than you know. I didn’t know who either of these bands was, but it’s pretty cool and it’s the perfect companion to that Stun Guns record that just came out a little while ago. Members of these bands went on to the Jack Palance Band, Allergic to Bullshit, the Crumbs (I think), and probably a thousand more. Thumbs up. –Josh (This Here)


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